FYI Miami: August 2, 2018
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FDOT OKS $802 MILLION PROJECT: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) have given a notice to proceed to Archer Western-de Moya Joint Venture to begin the $802 million design-build project encompassing Interstate Roads 395 and 95 and State Road 836, according to FDOT’s Tish Burgher. Work on I-395 includes total reconstruction from the Midtown Interchange to the MacArthur Causeway, including a signature bridge over Northwest Second Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. SR 836 will be double-decked from Northwest 17th Avenue over the Midtown Interchange to provide a direct connection to the MacArthur Causeway Bridge that bypasses local traffic, and the eastbound 836 ramp to northbound I-95 will be widened to two lanes. Work on I-95 will include replacing concrete pavement and adding a northbound lane from the Midtown Interchange to Northwest 29th Street. A ramp will connect southbound I-95 to westbound 836.
STILL EXPEDITING: Miami-Dade commissioners last week accepted a June 19 report from Mayor Carlos Giménez stating that Homestead Air Reserve Base is still trying to “expedite” the process of allowing limited civilian use on its premises. The county last Dec. 1 directed Mr. Giménez to negotiate a joint use agreement with the federal government to permit civilian use of the base, with an estimated timeframe of one to three years. More than 2½ years has since passed as the request has crawled through necessary channels. In June, Miami-Dade Aviation spokesperson Greg Chin told Miami Today the request had reached the desk of Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, whose approval would green-light negotiations. The request has sat there since. “The aviation department,” Mr. Giménez wrote, “will continue to monitor the progress of this initiative.”
ADAPTIVE TRAFFIC SIGNALS: More green lights may be ahead for commuters driving along parts of Miami Gardens Drive and US 1, thanks to new adaptive smart signals installed by the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works. The department announced on July 25 it had activated such signals on Miami Gardens Drive from Northwest 87th Avenue to Bob O Link Drive, as well as 31 signals on US 1 from Southwest 98th Street near the Dadeland South Metrorail station to Southwest 16th Avenue near I-95. The county is installing 300 flow-adjusted smart signals, along with Transit Signal Priority controllers, as part of a five-year, $160 million improvement effort along the its 10 busiest corridors. The signals can synchronize with others along a corridor to augment the number of green lights drivers get. Once fully installed, Metrobuses will gain smoother, more seamless rides during peak commuting hours. To date, 284 of the 300 signals have been installed.